The Cable asked Crowley directly, "Is he the Muslim Shirley Sherrod?"Funny, since we still don't know whom at the White House told Vilsack's assistant to fire Sherrod (as she insisted numerous times after the event). The press isn't allowed to speak with that person. So cautionary "tale" might be apropos since the imam is out of pocket as well.
Crowley responded, "That's a good cautionary tale for everybody."
FP then goes on to pull their own snippets out of the transcript to make their point about Rauf's moderateness--touche, but one must look at the big picture.
For instance, it's hard to take out of context Rauf's claim that Saddam's starvation of his own Shiite children was a grievance leading to 9/11 when he essentially told Ed Bradley the same thing on 60 Minutes in 2001. When he said we created bin Laden, presumably by our helping the mujihadeen defeat the Soviets in the 80s, that's crazy (unless he's a truther--he did mention Fahrenheit 9/11). Besides, bin Laden's turnabout evidently came when our forces arrived in Saudi to get rid of the scotch-drinking apostate to their north. Some blowback.
FP also failed to explain a couple of other points he made that seem important, liek Rauf's reference to supporting a one-state solution in Israel. That basically means a Palestinian state with Jews living there under their rule, ie, the South Africa solution.
Contrast that to another moderate voice within Islam with a dissenting opinion on all of this:
The mainstream media has deliberately ignored the fact that there is legitimate basis for fear of mosques — as it is a demonstrable fact that mosques and Muslims have been disproportionately connected to terrorism in this country and around the world, a fact that the media won’t report. Moreover, in the examples of opposition to specific mosques chosen by the media as evidence of popular “bigotry,” the media has selectively ignored the openly available evidence showing unambiguously that these mosques or their officials are connected to or supportive of the radical Muslim Brotherhood (the parent of al-Qaeda), Hamas, and other radical Islamic fundamentalist organizations.As he points out, recent history supports a skeptical American attitude towards mosques in general, and especially one near GZ, built there purposefully, with a groundbreaking planned for 9/11/11. The truth in all of this probably comes down more to Israel and its future than anything else--perhaps that's why Rauf won't condemn HAMAS. So, around and around we go.